A busy few weeks have meant an unavoidable hiatus on the blog, and unfortunately also meant that I missed this year’s IATEFL conference in Glasgow. However, I’ve been trying to catch up on what I missed, and one of the talks that grabbed my attention was this one by the great Jamie Keddie, on the … Continue reading “The unhealthy noise in our profession” – Teacher Talking Time
As many of my fellow teachers will have experienced, whenever I ask my students what they find difficult about English, a sizeable cohort will bring up phrasal verbs. It doesn’t really matter the age, level or nationality of the students, phrasal verbs seems to be the most consistent bogeyman for learners. I can understand it: … Continue reading Going through with it: exploring polysemy
This is my third post on my experiences experiment with the “flipped classroom” approach, and so far I’ve been fairly pleased with the response I’ve had from students. I’m even thinking of ways I could extend learner autonomy with my class moving forward. Last week, the coursebook I use with my C1 class called for … Continue reading Flipped Classroom Episode 3: It’s All Relative
It’s been a while since I posted a lesson idea, and I’ve been keen to share something I’ve been experimenting with in class recently. One of my objectives for this semester is to improve how I teach listening skills – and hopefully the listening skills of my students into the bargain. I’m even giving a … Continue reading Dictogloss & Reduced Relative Clauses
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I wanted to experiment with the flipped classroom approach and asked students to complete a task at home. Encouraged by the response I got from students, I decided to try again with a reading text. The coursebooks I use (in-house textbooks) have one long reading as … Continue reading Flipped Classroom: Episode 2
Part of my day job involves planning and delivering training sessions for the CPD programme at my school. I’ve devised and delivered many training sessions for other teachers in my career, but I’ve been thinking about just how useful such sessions are in facilitating teacher development. The typical scenario at the schools I’ve worked at … Continue reading How useful are CPD training sessions in ELT?
So last week I wrote about the idea of the flipped classroom, and I mentioned that I was going to try out the approach with my classes in the following weeks. Today was my first attempt at a flipped classroom-style task, so I wanted to record what happened and my thoughts for taking things forward. … Continue reading Flipped classroom: episode 1